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How to go Green with your Laundry

By Edited May 24, 2015 2 4

A new generation of washers and dryers make it possible for you to go green when you do your laundry. This new technology is better because it helps us preserve and protect natural resources. This new washer dryer technology preserves and protects our natural resources by using less water and less energy. You could see your water and power usage decline if you convert to this new generation of washers and dryers. Using less water and less power to do your laundry will help you save money on utilities. If you plan to buy a new washer and dryer, it's a great opportunity for you to go green and help the environment. Here are four ways to go green with your laundry.

Things You Will Need

You will need an Energy Star qualified washer and dryer and "HE" (high-efficiency) detergent to use this guide.

Step 1

Green Washer Dryer Combo
The first way to go green with your laundry is to use a green washer dryer combo. When I say use a green washer dryer combo, I don't mean the color green. What I mean is green according to the rating system established by the federal government that designates household appliances as green or energy efficient appliances. These guidelines are known as Energy Star ratings. You can find out which washers and dryers have the Energy Star rating by going to the Energy Star website. If you don't have Energy Star appliances, you'll have to buy a washer and dryer with the Energy Star rating to go green with your laundry in the truest sense of the word.

Step 2

There is also a Stimulus Plan tax credit for consumers that buy new Energy Star appliances. If you purchase a new Energy Star washer and dryer, keep your receipts to get the tax credit the following year. This is another way to go green with your laundry.

Step 3

There are several strategies you can use to go green when you purchase a washer dryer combo. Bargaining for a lower price is one way to save money when you purchase a washer dryer combo. It helps to have cash in hand when you try to bargain for a lower price. If you can count your offer price out in cash to the salesperson it could help him/her agree to your lower offer. The difference between his price and yours is the way you go green with your laundry appliances. Waiting to buy your appliances at a sales event is also a way to go green.

Of course you'll have to wash and dry your clothes with your Energy Star washer and dryer to go green with your laundry. Read the instructions carefully before using the washing machine and dryer. Be sure to use an HE (high-efficiency) detergent that's especially formulated for your Energy Star washing machine. They cost about the same as regular laundry detergent and can be found wherever you buy laundry detergent. Just look for the "HE" symbol the next time you buy laundry detergent. By following these four guidelines you can go green in your wash and in your wallet.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to use an HE (high-efficiency) detergent that's especially formulated for your Energy Star washing machine.
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Comments

Apr 27, 2010 12:04am
ccdursina
Good article, it's important to look at all your house and go green one area at the time!
May 6, 2010 7:50am
askformore
Great article! And I just love your (frugal) comment about saving money by asking for a bargain price. :)
May 6, 2010 7:53am
askformore
(I forgot) Thumbs up!
May 27, 2010 11:35pm
thehigherstandard
Every little thing that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is a step in the right direction. Great article!
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